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The End of this Chapter

It’s barely 8am and the sun is drying out the puddles from yesterday’s rain. In all regards, it’s a morning just like all the others except that it’s the morning of my last full day in paradise. Tomorrow I hop a flight–or rather I hop 4 flights–which after about 40 hours will deposit me in my hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.

It’s a really strange feeling to know that the routines of travel–which have become familiar and comforting in their banality (packing, repacking), their repetitiveness (banana pancake anyone?), and their excitement (always new horizons)–are a thing of the past. I feel like it’s the last day of high school: long anticipated with a mixture of anxiety, opportunity and anticipatory nostalgia.

I’m glad to be heading home, really I am. Saying so many goodbyes over the course of the year has taken its toll; the other side of this coin however is all the great people I’ve met, made friends with and been sad to part ways with. This year has had it’s ups and downs, as I knew it would and left me emotionally bankrupt at times but also far more resilient and calm than I could have imagined when I embarked on this destination-less voyage. Continue reading


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Ode to My Mamacita

It’s hard to believe it was nearly 15 years ago that my mother and I argued over banal shit (oops, sorry mom: banal stuff). We’ve both changed by multiple measures since those days of being co-hormonal and grinching about the laundry, what to have for dinner, each others’ driving skills (or lack thereof, depending upon perspective).

Both of us have experienced tremendous losses of multiple loved ones. Sometimes we’ve shared those losses: uncle/brother, best friends, parent/Opa. Each subsequent loss has left us each more tender to the world but raw towards each other, isolated and hurt in our grieving. More often than not, our mournings have been separate as we glimpse at one another, cautiously offering empathy from afar but never quite comfortable co-habitating in the difficult emotional spaces of tragedy and disease.

The quote may belong to Emerson but it is the parenting philosophy embraced by my mother.

The quote may belong to Emerson but it is the parenting philosophy embraced by my mother.

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If–>Then: Planning & Decision-making

I aim to be optimistic and always provide a genuinely encouraging portrayal of travel and life on the road but right now it feels downright dull and aggravating. Aggravating because of the combination of a plethora of options and my indecision paralysis are slowly driving me nuts. I know I don’t really have anything to complain about and I know my life is damn good; I’m blessed beyond measure to be able to travel footloose and fancy free–but I shall whine a bit regardless… Without the urgency of a compressed timeline (e.g. vacation, sabbatical) or the restrictions of needing to adhere to a specific itinerary, I find myself feeling listless and uninspired for the first time in months. I’ve been going for the better part of a year and it appears I’ve hit my slump.

For the record: I adore Waffle House (scattered, covered, smothered).

For the record: I adore Waffle House (scattered, covered, smothered).


My drive to pack up the backpack and hit the road is on hiatus. The itchy feet that plagued me months ago are feeling heavy and reluctant to put on more miles. The novelty of unfettered travel has lost some of its luster and now I feel like I’m sitting alone on a sticky vinyl booth inside an all-night diner; it’s 1am. The broken fluorescent lights twinkle off the dented silver milk tin next to my bottomless cup-o-joe as an indifferent waitress stares down at me. Though there are no other customers, she is impatient and irritated with me. Continue reading


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https://www.facebook.com/liverighttravelfar

Have you checked out the Live Right Travel Far Facebook page yet? All kinds of nifty things are going on over there!

Head over now and be sure to click “Like” for more travel and lifey wisdom and some funky fresh photos. Don’t be the last one to the party 😉

XOXO y’all!

Thanks for indulging this act of shameless self promotion, I promise not to make too much of a habit of it!

Post-Election Cambodia Calm, on the Surface

Cambodian national elections took place July 28 (the day I arrived in country). A week and a half later both sides are still claiming victory…

The situation remains unresolved as political parties maneuver for power and leveraging popular support.

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Recipe for Adventure

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This is a well-researched recipe for succulent adventure in a tropical local. For it you will need some basic ingredients (motorbikes) and some selective ingredients (Brazilian, Czech). In either case you should be able to locate these ingredients or suitably similar substitutes in most budget hotels.

If you follow this quick-adventure recipe you will arrive at a gorgeous, picturesque tropical beach with one flat tire, a mighty thirst, slight sunburn and encased in a layer of very thick brown dust. Improvisation and experimentation is encouraged!

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Pastered in a brown crust of sweat, sea salt, and road dirt/grime. Note the very fetching unibrow!

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Great Blue Yonder

Bags fully packed (ahem, over packed), gifts selected & loaded up, compression socks on, iPads, iBooks, iPhones, igadgets fully charged & updated, apartment packed up and vacated, stuff stored, friends hugged and hugged some more, shots updated, mess acquired, bills paid or suspended, tax documents organized, drycleaned clothes hanging, unwanted goods returned, dog surrendered, job completed, travel networking cards stocked, dentist visited, books downloaded, movie torrents leached, cried with family and friends, offered love and goodbyes and thanks for your love, tips, support & advice.

I’m in Chicago now. I’ve been through 2 airports and 2 security stations. My bag is checked, I’ve stocked up on coffee, water and moisturizer for eyes, skin & nose. Final calls made, thanksgiving cards written.

This is it: GO TIME.

I set off for the great blue yonder full of newborn wonder, receptiveness and immense gratitude. You are all such good people, thank you for sharing yourselves with me. I will never be able to express what you all mean to me. Thanks for you gifts, nurture them and your happiness.

This is just the beginning. Lets all give thanks. Lets let our eyes twinkle with love on this holiday.

Love and eyes on the blue.

~Lauren